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The Rolex Rootbeer is, within the Rolex GMT-Master II particularly sought after for its unique aesthetic with a distinct bronze color palette and black accents. With its detailed design, precise mechanics and luxurious features, the Rolex Rootbeer is a work of art that will remain stylish for generations to come. Not surprisingly, the Rolex Rootbeer is highly prized by collectors and connoisseurs alike.


The history of the Rolex GMT Master II “Rootbeer”

The Rolex GMT-Master II “Rootbeer” is a unique watch that has been worn by many celebrities, from politicians to athletes such as Erling Braut Haaland. First released in 1953, the watch was originally designed for Pan American Airlines pilots traveling worldwide. They frequently had to switch between different time zones, which often disrupted their natural day-night rhythm.

GMT-Master II Rootbeer

Pan Am needed a watch with a rotating bezel and a 24-hour display, so pilots could track two different time zones at the same time while keeping time in their home country. Soon the Rolex Rootbeer became popular with the general public for its authentic color combination and functionality, which came in handy for any traveler.


The features of the Rolex Rootbeer

As mentioned earlier, what sets this watch apart from other models on the market is its unique two-tone bezel (cerachrom bezel) and black dial. The Rolex GMT-Master II has a 40 mm watch case and two wide hands with luminous material (lume), and in the second reference an additional independent hand was added to make switching with a second time zone even easier.

Rolex GMT-Master II Rootbeer

The bezel can be rotated in both directions, a bidirectional rotating bezel, to align the markings with the first time zone and two time zone; an ingenious mechanism. The watch is powered by an automatic movement, is made of stainless steel with rose gold and has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.


Features of the Rolex GMT Master II “Rootbeer”

The “Rootbeer” is equipped with various functions such as date display, shock and temperature resistance, and is water resistant to 100 meters, making it suitable for swimming and other water activities. The power reserve of the watch is approximately 45 hours. Furthermore, the watch has an oyster strap made of steel and rose gold with an easy extension system (glidelock), which allows the size of the strap to be adjusted.

GMT-Master II Rootbeer

The nickname “Rootbeer”

The name “Rolex Rootbeer” came about because of the characteristic color combination, which was strongly reminiscent of the soft drink called “rootbeer” (literal translation root beer). The watch case is steel and the bezel of the Rolex Rootbeer has black and brown tones.
When the watch is viewed from the side, the color scheme closely resembles the distinctive colors of rootbeer, which is a popular fizzy drink in various parts of the world, such as the United States and Asia. Today, the eccentric Rolex watch is one of the most sought-after watches among Rolex collectors and remains a striking statement for those looking for something special.


GMT-Master II Rootbeer



The Rolex GMT Master II “Rootbeer” has great collectible value due to its unique aesthetic, craftsmanship, and functionality. Within the Rolex GMT Master II series, this watch is highly sought after for its unique bronze color palette and black accents.
Originally designed for pilots who traveled worldwide, the history of the Rolex GMT Master II “Rootbeer” adds to its prestige. With features such as the two-tone bezel and black dial, the watch offers great visual appeal. In addition, it also offers functional value; it is powered by an automatic movement and can indicate a second-time zone.
The nickname “Rootbeer” highlights its unique color combination reminiscent of the popular soft drink. All in all, the Rolex GMT Master II “Rootbeer” (link to rootbeer) is a valuable and coveted watch for collectors and connoisseurs looking for something extraordinary.

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